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1 Global Fundraising initiative ‘She Decides’

The Global Fundraising Initiative “She decides” is an initiative of Lilianne Ploumen, Netherlands minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The aim of this Initiative is to join forces in support of the right of women and girls to decide, freely and for themselves, whether, when and how many children they have. “She decides” is not a new institutional mechanism but a way to rally financial support for sexual and reproductive health. “She decides” encompasses contributions by governments, private sector, non-governmental organisations and citizens to ongoing initiatives that improve access to lifesaving contraceptives, family planning and sexuality education.

2 A Report on Turkish Start-ups

The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) collaborated with the Dutch Innovation Network (IA) and together they wrote a report on Turkish start-ups. Their research shows that Turkey is a breeding ground for high tech startups. However, when the Turkish startups have international ambitions, they are insufficiently supported. The opportunities the Netherlands could offer are also unknown to the start-ups. This can be considered a true loss of opportunities, since Turkey is full of bright young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas waiting for a chance outside the country.

3 Agri & food exports achieve record high in 2016

The Dutch agri & food sector has further strengthened its leading position in the world market. In 2016, Agri & Food exports totalled almost 94 billion euros, compared to 90 billion in 2015. Agricultural products accounted for 85 billion euros and agricultural materials, knowledge and technology accounted for 9 billion: a new record. This means the agri & food sector now comprises 22% of total exports. This is shown by provisional figures from Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and Wageningen Economic Research. Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam announced these figures during the opening of International Green Week in Berlin, the largest international agricultural trade exhibition in the world.

4 Change in working hours

Consular Affairs and Visa Department is closed between 26-30 December on the occasion of Christmas and Newyear holidays.

5 Nationwide 1st Call for project proposals

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Ankara and the Consulate General in Istanbul announce herewith a call for project proposals for its first round Matra and Human Rights Programme 2017.

6 Human Rights Tulip

Nighat Dad has won the 2016 Human Rights Tulip!

7 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial 'Are we human?'

The third edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial titled ‘Are we human?’ takes places from 22 October – 10 December.

8 Back-to-business in Istanbul

In Istanbul, the Dutch Economic Network Turkey together with the Dutch Business Association and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency organized a well-attended back-to-business seminar.

9 Change in working hours

The consular department of the Consulate General will be closed on Thursday 13 October 2016.

10 Response Dutch PM Rutte on first results criminal investigation MH17

This morning the families of the victims of the MH17 disaster were briefed by the Joint Investigation Team on the initial findings of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. These findings concern the weapon used to down flight MH17, the location from which it was fired and the Buk missile system’s route of transport.